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Arrelious Benn And Amobi Okoye Could Return For Buccaneers' Season Opener

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Arrelious Benn and Amobi Okoye are progressing on their knee injuries and may be ready to go in the season opener against the Carolina Panthers.

TAMPA - MAY 01:  Receiver Arrelious Benn #17 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers catches a pass during the Buccaneers Rookie Minicamp at One Buccaneer Place on May 1, 2010 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
TAMPA - MAY 01: Receiver Arrelious Benn #17 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers catches a pass during the Buccaneers Rookie Minicamp at One Buccaneer Place on May 1, 2010 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers received good news about two players recovering from injury. Wide receiver Arrelious Benn and defensive tackle Amobi Okoye are seeing good progress recovering from their knee injuries and could be ready to play in the team's season opener against the Carolina Panthers on Sept. 9.

Benn has been sidelined with a knee sprain since training camp began. He has been increasing his workout intensity as the days have gone by. He says though that the wait to play has been tough to deal with.

It's tough sitting there watching. I went through an injury my rookie year, but I only missed one game. To sit there and watch a whole training camp go by is tough. But I'm not worried about anything. I'm just glad to be back.

Okoye has been recovering from some set backs after undergoing knee surgery in June. He signed a one year deal this past offseason with Tampa Bay and was part of the plans to provide depth on the defensive line. While he did miss the preseason games, he did participate with the team in warmups at Washington in Wednesday.

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